Australian Liberty Calendar

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Oct
7
Tue
Book Launch (Canberra): Risky Business @ Club Lounge at the National Press Club
Oct 7 @ 6:30 pm
Book Launch (Canberra): Risky Business @ Club Lounge at the National Press Club | Barton | Australian Capital Territory | Australia

Join Connor Court and Hugh White for a book launch of Risky Business: How Indonesia’s economic nationalism is hurting foreign investment – and local people by Ari Sharp.

With an emerging middle class, an abundance of natural resources and a young democracy, Indonesia is attracting plenty of interest from foreign investors. While the potential benefits of doing business in the merging Asian economy are obvious, the risks can be tougher to spot.

But journalist Ari Sharp has found there are plenty of things that can go wrong, and often do. With widespread corruption, a crooked legal system and dysfunctional infrastructure, Indonesia is a high-risk destination for outsiders looking to get involved in the economy.

Looking back over the past five years, Risky Business investigates real-life investment nightmares and discovers that plenty more pain might await others who venture to Indonesia unprepared.

Nov
12
Thu
MELBOURNE EVENT – Breaking the Adoption Taboo In Australia @ Australian Unity
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
MELBOURNE EVENT - Breaking the Adoption Taboo In Australia @ Australian Unity | South Melbourne | Victoria | Australia

MELBOURNE EVENT – Breaking the Adoption Taboo In Australia

 

Guest speakers:  Terry Barnes, John Hirst, Jane Hunt and Dr Jeremy Sammut

Why are children in dysfunctional families abused and neglected despite being reported many times to child protection authorities? Why are children further damaged by being cycled in and out of unstable foster care? Why are there so few adoptions in Australia despite the thousands of children in long-term care?

Adoption has been internationally proven as the best way to provide a safe, stable and loving family life for children who are unable to live with their biological parents. However, in relation to comparable countries, Australia has very low rates of adoption.

To coincide with National Adoption Awareness Week, this special event will examine the issues raised by CIS Research Fellow Dr Jeremy Sammut’s new book, The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia’s Underclass Children (Connor Court).

Copies of Dr Jeremy Sammut’s book will be available for purchase on the night.


Terry Barnes is a public policy consultant, and his former career in government included senior ministerial advisory roles in federal and Victorian governments. Terry advised two federal health ministers, Michael Wooldridge (1993-97) and Tony Abbott (2003-07). He is best known for his role in the recent GP co-payment debate, and is also a media commentator on topical political and social policy issues.

John Hirst was a member of the History Department at La Trobe University from 1968 to 2007. He has written many books on Australian history, including Convict Society and Its Enemies, The Strange Birth of Colonial DemocracyThe Sentimental Nation, Sense and Nonsense in Australian History and The Shortest History of Europe.

Jane Hunt is the CEO of Adopt Change, a highly influential organisation advocating for change in adoption policy and practices in Australia. She is leading the development of the next stage of the organisation, including setting the strategic direction, developing the business model and advocating the establishing a centre of excellence in pre and post adoptive care. Jane is passionate about providing children the best start in life so that they can live rich and full lives.

Dr Jeremy Sammut is a research fellow in the Social Foundations Programme at The Centre for Independent Studies and author of The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia’s Underclass Children.


Event details:

Date: Thursday, 12 November 2015

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Address will commence at 6:30pm, drinks and nibbles on arrival.

Address: Australian Unity – 114 Albert Road, South Melbourne 3205

Event enquiries: Jeremy Sammut | jsammut@cis.org.au

Media enquiries: Karla Pincott | media@cis.org.au

Nov
19
Thu
BRISBANE EVENT – Breaking the Adoption ‘Taboo’ in Australia @ RFH on Gregory
Nov 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
BRISBANE EVENT - Breaking the Adoption 'Taboo' in Australia @ RFH on Gregory | Spring Hill | Queensland | Australia

BRISBANE EVENT – Breaking the Adoption ‘Taboo’ in Australia

 

Guest speakers: Hon Dr Gary Johns, Tess Livingstone, Nadine Wright and Dr Jeremy Sammut

Why are children in dysfunctional families abused and neglected despite being reported many times to child protection authorities? Why are children further damaged by being cycled in and out of unstable foster care? Why are there so few adoptions in Australia despite the thousands of children in long-term care?

Adoption has been internationally proven as the best way to provide a safe, stable and loving family life for children who are unable to live with their biological parents. However, in relation to comparable countries, Australia has very low rates of adoption.

To coincide with National Adoption Awareness Week, this special event will examine the issues raised by CIS Research Fellow Dr Jeremy Sammut’s new book, The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia’s Underclass Children (Connor Court).


Hon Dr Gary Johns is a columnist for The Australian and The Spectator and was Special Minister of State in the Keating government.

Tess Livingstone is a journalist with The Australian and the biographer of Australian Cardinal George Pell.

Nadine Wright is the President of Queensland Alliance for Kids. Foster mother & biological mother to 6 wonderful children. Co Founder of Hope For Our Children Charity and active ministry leader of City Women. Speaker and advocate, passionate about for raising awareness the plight of the Queensland foster child. Holds a Bachelor of Education, specializing in Early Childhood.

Dr Jeremy Sammut is a research fellow in the Social Foundations Programme at The Centre for Independent Studies and author of The Madness of Australian Child Protection: Why Adoption Will Rescue Australia’s Underclass Children.


Event details:

Date: Thursday, 19 November 2015

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Address will start promptly at 7:00pm and conclude at 8:00pm followed by drinks and nibbles

Address: RFH on Gregory

89 -95 Gregory Terrace Brisbane QLD 4000

Event enquiries: Jeremy Sammut | jsammut@cis.org.au

Media enquiries: Karla Pincott | media@cis.org.au

Jul
18
Mon
Two Men Talk About Marriage – Book Launch @ The Caroline Chisholm Library
Jul 18 all-day
Two Men Talk About Marriage - Book Launch @ The Caroline Chisholm Library | Melbourne | Victoria | Australia
MELBOURNE
Two Men Talk About Marriage
Launch at
The Caroline Chisholm Library
3rd Floor 358 Lonsdale Street Melbourne
RSVP : by July 20th, 2016.
(03) 9670 1815 or events@cclibrary.org.au
Jul
26
Tue
Book Launch: Liberty at Risk – Tackling Today’s Political Problems @ The Alliance Hotel (Cellar Bar)
Jul 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Book Launch: Liberty at Risk - Tackling Today's Political Problems @ The Alliance Hotel (Cellar Bar)  | Spring Hill | Queensland | Australia

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BOOK LAUNCH

Liberty at Risk: Tackling Today’s Political Problems

With author Peter Fenwick &
introduced by Dr. Gary Johns

“Never has a book been more timely and welcomed than Liberty at Risk: Tackling Today’s Political Problems. Australian Peter Fenwick addresses some of the most important and vexing problems of today in 23 short chapters. The answers rest on the foundations of Classical Liberalism and Austrian free market economics and the reader will be reminded of work of the great Henry Hazlitt. An excellent introduction for the uninitiated.”

Dr. Mark Thornton
Senior Fellow, Ludwig von Mises Institute

Liberty at Risk: Tackling Today’s Political Problems is a compilation of twenty-three commentaries on current affairs from a libertarian perspective. It is a companion to Peter Fenwick’s previous work – The Fragility of Freedom: Why Subsidiarity Matters.

Libertarianism is the political philosophy of individual liberty. It is based on the principle of private property and founded on natural rights theory as expounded by John Locke in the seventeenth century. The essential elements of the libertarian creed are self-ownership, private property, and the free market. In practice, this leads to a society of cooperation, tolerance and mutual respect; a preference for voluntary organisations; and a minimal role for the state.

Wherever this ideology has been tried, mankind has flourished. Per capita incomes have risen multiple times; longevity has increased by many years; education has become universally available; women have been treated equally; there has been more time devoted to culture and the arts; and there has been noticeable increases in civility. Elsewhere, throughout history, only small ruling elites led the good life; the majority led a precarious and unpleasant existence.

Unfortunately, over the past hundred years the social democratic welfare state has inhibited progress in the West, and now theocratic Islamists are creating mayhem in the Middle East. Our wonderful, free and prosperous society is being threatened by ideologies, from within and without, that compromise the reasons for its success. If we are to succeed in our battle with competing ideologies, then we need to acquire an appreciation of the legacy of our Western Civilization and be determined to live up to its ideals.

Feb
1
Wed
Launch of Making Australia Right, edited by James Allan @ Alliance Hotel
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
 Launch of Making Australia Right, edited by James Allan @ Alliance Hotel | Spring Hill | Queensland | Australia

Making Australia Right – with James Allan, Nick Cater and Rebecca Weisser

Making Australia Right is a book of essays about what’s wrong with Australia and how to fix it written by people in a good position to know. It will be launched in Brisbane by the former editor of the Australian, Nick Cater. Other speakers will be Professor James Allan and Rebecca Weisser. Click here to book.

What you have here are top people in their fields giving you something you will not find on the ABC, namely an outlook and an analysis that is something other than the bog-standard left-wing perspective that dominates so much of the airwaves, the newspaper columns, what you find on social media – and these days, alas, even what some Liberal MPs will voice inside the party room. James Allan, from the Introduction.

Cost is $10 for AIP members and $20 for non-members and includes the first drink free. To book, click here.

What you will find is a variety of treatments on some of the most important issues facing this country. The line-up for this book is as follows. Judith Sloan considers the economy; Brendan O’Neill tackles political correctness; Gary Johns writes on inequality; Jim Molan surveys defence; Roger Franklin goes more big picture and explains the causes for his anger at the Liberal Party; Rebecca Weisser examines the media in this country; Graeme Haycroft does the same with industrial relations; James Allan at the state of play in our universities; Kerryn Pholi writes on Aboriginal Australia; Jeremy Sammut discusses health; Lorraine Finlay takes on law-making; Peter Kurti delves into religion and the new sectarianism; Steve Kates scrutinizes interest rate policy; and Alan Moran finishes the collection off by looking at energy policy. So fourteen chapters in all, and each one approached in a different way.

What you have here are top people in their fields giving you something you will not find on the ABC, namely an outlook and an analysis that is something other than the bog-standard left-wing perspective that dominates so much of the airwaves, the newspaper columns, what you find on social media – and these days, alas, even what some Liberal MPs will voice inside the party room.

— James Allan, from the Introduction

Feb
24
Fri
Launch of a Fragile Nation @ Lion Hotel (Melb Room)
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mar
7
Tue
Nick Cater & Alan Moran: Climate Change in the Trump Era @ Harbour View Hotel The Rocks
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nick Cater & Alan Moran: Climate Change in the Trump Era @ Harbour View Hotel The Rocks | Dawes Point | New South Wales | Australia

Nick Cater & Alan Moran: Climate Change in the Trump Era

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Nick Cater introduces climate change economist, commentator and writer Alan Moran to speak about his new book “Climate Change: Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era”.

How will the Trump presidency effect climate change responses?
Who sets the climate agenda now?
What are the costs to Australia in pursuing the current agenda?
With Trump demolishing the Paris Agreement, what is Australia’s exit strategy?
How can we return to reliable, low-cost energy supply and avoid the debilitating policies favouring renewables?

These questions and more discussed and answered on the day by two of Australia’s most recognised commentators on these important and topical issues.

Special thanks to Connor Court Publishing, cosponsors of this important event.
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* Cash bar/drinks (some tickets include complimentary first drink)
* Book signing available at end

Apr
28
Fri
The 5th ALS Friedman Conference @ Aerial UTS Function Centre
Apr 28 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm
The 5th ALS Friedman Conference @ Aerial UTS Function Centre | Ultimo | New South Wales | Australia

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The biggest and best liberty conference in the Asia Pacific Region is back – and with a new format designed to take #Friedman17 to a whole new level of awesomeness!

Join over 300 of the best and brightest libertarian thinkers, academics, and activists for a week of intellectual stimulation, education, debate and FUN!

This year, we are proud to announce a new format which will go beyond simply speakers and panels, and include interactive activities, competitions, debates and an ‘unconference’ session so that everyone can get the most out of this experience!

I am delighted to announce that tickets for the 5th Australian Libertarian Society Friedman Conference are finally on sale!

And if you thought the last few conferences were good, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

Out speaker lineup is better than ever, and we can now announce that we will be joined by the one, the only: NICK GILLESPE FROM REASON MAGAZINE!

Nick will be joining other superstars from the international libertarian community such as the world’s foremost public choice academic, Prof Michael Munger from Duke University, former Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen, world’s greatest issues-campaigner and former Executive Director of the UK Taxpayers’ Alliance Matthew Sinclair, Director of the Brexit “Better Off Out Campaign” Rory Broomfield, and Australia’s own libertarian expat, the phenomenal and amazing Naomi Brockwell, and Hungarian Member of Parliament Zoltán Kész

Not to mention our stellar lineup of Australian speakers such as Professors Wolfgang Kasper, Suri Ratnapala, & Jeff Bennett, Theresa Moltoni OAM, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Queensland, Law Lecturer Lorraine Finlay, and former Liberal MP and commentator Ross Cameron

But that’s not all! WE’re changing the whole format of the conference around this year, with more hands-on interactive activities, in addition, to simply speaker sessions, and years conference will feature interactive campaign workshops, career advice sessions for students, fun performances, and A CHANCE FOR PARTICIPANTS TO WIN $5,000 by pitching a campaign in our liberty shark-tank (more on that later!).

Early bird discounts of up to $150 are now on offer, so get in quick and reserve your spot at www.friedman17.org !

Jun
28
Wed
Brisbane – The Tyranny of Tolerance; Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia @ Connor Court Book Room: Suite 2
Jun 28 @ 5:15 pm – Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm
Brisbane - The Tyranny of Tolerance; Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia @ Connor Court Book Room: Suite 2 | West End | Queensland | Australia

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Brisbane – The Tyranny of Tolerance; Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia

 

The Centre for Independent Studies invites you, on behalf of Connor Court Publishing, to the book release of The Tyranny of Tolerance by Peter Kurti. With remarks from Professor James Allan and Peter Kurti in Brisbane.

It was a confident expectation for more than a century that religion — its beliefs, doctrines and institutions — would atrophy in the face of growing secularisation. But not only has traditional Christianity survived in liberal western societies; other faiths, most conspicuously Islam, have increasingly become a perceptible presence. This evolution gives rise to many questions about the place of religion in liberal democratic society.

In a time of ‘fake news’ and social media mobs, Kurti’s thoughtful deliberation about the meaning of tolerance and its tension with political liberty is indispensable. He critiques the origin of Australian multiculturalism and the corrosive cultural effect of codifying diversity in discrimination law. This book is a measured, scholarly treatment of a subject too often submerged in superficial polemic. It resurrects religious freedom and restores the principle to its rightful place in the heart of 21st-century democracy. — Jennifer Oriel

Kurti exposes a grand deception: the tolerance and diversity brigade cannot tolerate diversity of thought. — Nick Cater


Event Details:

When: Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Where: Connor Court Book Room: Suite 2, 146 Boundary St, West End 4101

Time: 5:15 pm for a 5:30 pm start. The event will conclude at 7 pm.

Cost: Registration for this event is free. Canapés and drinks will be provided. Books will be available for purchase and signing on the night.

To secure your place please book at www.cis.org.au/events or call (02) 9438 4377.

If you wish to transfer a booking you must advise the organisers of the name change at your earliest convenience.

For event enquiries please email reception at office@cis.org.au

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at kpincott@cis.org.au

A Calendar of all Australian pro-liberty events